Recently I had my ancestral DNA processed.  The big surprise was that I am 4% Neanderthal!  Of all the individuals tested by 23andme, I am in the 96% percentile; the average American is 2%.  One of the characteristics of Neanderthals is full and straight hair, of which I am blessed.  Finally I was able to put two and two together and fully understand one of the traumatic events from my childhood.

When I was a preschooler, my mother had the idea that I should have curly hair, so she subjected me to home permanents, which I absolutely hated.  I can still remember her sticking my head under the bathroom sink, getting the stinky stuff rinsed out.  Finally, as I got older, she gave up on the idea and left my hair straight. To this day, I have an aversion to permanents

So, now that I know curly hair just isn’t in my genes, I will never think of getting a permanent again.

I’m a Neanderthal and proud of it!

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